Generation Guide: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Generation Network – October 15, 2021

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Welcome to the Generation Network roundup, Generation Guide. As always, your fellow network members are paying close attention to generation and clean power trends and sharing their insights. This month’s selection includes information about solar and farming, growth in the energy storage market, and more. Be sure to like and comment on your favorite posts. Happy reading!


Solar & Farming: A Perfect Marriage

Diane Cherry

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In North Carolina, farmers and rural residents are discovering the benefits of solar energy. In this piece, Dianne Cherry, Principal at Diane Cherry Consulting, LLC explains that the state’s many farms are perfect places to position solar generation equipment, which provides stable revenue to farmers who are looking to diversify income streams. These solar hosts benefit from reduced electricity costs and other perks from their electric utility, and advantages for their crops and the community. Yet, misinformation spread by those opposed to solar proliferation has led to hesitation in expanding this practice.


The Energy Storage Market Is Growing Dramatically

Thorben Fohrmann

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Many have observed that, for renewable energy to truly expand, energy storage is needed to ensure a consistent flow of power regardless of the availability of resources such as wind and sun. Here, new Energy Central member Thorben Fohrmann, Strategic Analyst for Energy Storage at Siemens Energy describes DoE projections about how storage is likely to grow in coming years and what major market drivers and technologies are likely to emerge.


Real Estate and Renewable Energy – The Truth Is Out There

Alan Rozich

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In this post, Alan Rozich, Chief Science Officer at Borun explains that a push toward renewable resources is coming from an unlikely source, real estate investment trusts, or REITs. However, these efforts are focused mainly on solar and wind energy, which both require large footprints. In fact, solar and wind are near the bottom of the list of renewable sources that contribute to sustainable land use. Alan recommends that these technologies be integrated and interlinked with other renewable systems to ensure land use sensitivity.


With the Clean Electricity Performance Program, Hickenlooper Can Deliver Major Benefits to Colorado

Dan Esposito

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Colorado Senator John Hickenlooper is working to pass a budgetary bill that includes the Clean Electricity Performance Program, which incentivizes utilities to clean up their power supply without raising electricity prices. In this post, Dan Esposito, Senior Policy Analyst Energy at Energy Innovation notes that the program could help to protect a way of life that Coloradoans hold dear, one that includes plenty of sunshine, clean air, and abundant snowpack and reservoirs. The program, a uniquely no-regrets policy, would ensure that the U.S. generates 80% of its electricity by 2030 from carbon-free sources and would produce billions in economic development.


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